Review! Jake Undone (Jake #1) by Penelope Ward

Jake Undone by Penelope Ward


Nina Kennedy was alive…but not living…until she met him.

Planes, trains, heights…you name it, Nina was afraid of it and led a sheltered life ruled by irrational fears and phobias. When she moves to Brooklyn for nursing school, that life is turned upside down, as she develops an intense but unwanted attraction to her gorgeous roommate, who’s pierced, tattooed and just happens to be the smartest person she’s ever met.

Behind Jake Green’s rough exterior and devilish smile, lies a heart of gold. He makes it his mission to change Nina’s outlook on life. When he agrees to tutor her, they forge a bet and the stakes are high as Jake forces Nina to face her demons. He just wasn’t expecting to fall hard for her in the process. 

What Nina doesn’t realize, is that Jake has been living his own private hell. Once he drops a bombshell, will their love survive it?


There is never a time that I open a book by Penelope Ward that I don’t expect to completely fall in love with the characters or have quite a few plot twist that I didn’t see coming. As an avid reader that is a tall order to fill every time I begin a fictional journey, yet Penelope seems to meet and exceed it every time! Jake and Nina take an unlikely adventure down the road to love that is so full of angst, sexual tension, and combustible heat that you can’t help but feel your heart pound, bite your nails, and fan yourself from page to page.

Nina Kennedy is a heroine that we can all identify with. She is a good girl who likes to play life safe, or as some would say, not at all and has suffered through a trauma that has left her with many, many phobias. I personally love it when characters are beautifully flawed and those two words sum up Nina beautifully!

Jake Green is the ultimate bad boy with muscles, tattoos, piercings and brains to match! The more I got to see the amazing, incredible, endearing heart that is inside this chiseled, dirty talking hero, the more in love I became and I could not get enough of him! Even with all the secrets surrounding him, I just knew that he was good to the core and the perfect match for Nina.

Penelope Ward never ceases to surprise or amaze me with all of her fictional twist and turns. I highly recommend Jake Undone for a romance that shows readers that love happens even when we don’t want it to and we should grab a hold with both hands and never let go! Penelope will continue to be one of my favorite authors and I cannot wait to get another dose of Jake in Jake Understood and see more of this amazing couple and how they tackle life’s problems!

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